The ultimate car enthusiasts' hotel has been approved
Historic automotive hub Bicester Heritage has sealed approval for a 344-room facility with restaurant, bar and pool. We have the low-down on the perfect resort for petrolheads
Having already built an unrivalled reputation for its devoted efforts towards historic automotive preservation, Bicester Heritage has received the green light from local authorities for a 344-room hotel on the former RAF Bicester site. Development of a handling circuit and other attractions is projected to attract over 250,000 visitors per year with the venture expected to create an estimated 180 full-time jobs.
The hotel has been designed by leading British visionary and car enthusiast Dexter Moren. It utilises materials inspired by RAF Bicester’s surviving pre-war buildings, and incorporates the dimensions and orientation of the site’s original 1936 C-type hangars.
What goes on at Bicester Heritage?
- In pictures: Land Rover Legends at Bicester Heritage
- Luft GB: cult LA Porsche show visits Bicester Heritage
- Great classic cars for sale around Bicester Heritage
For those with a keen eye for detail, the hotel’s appearance will incorporate many subtle features. These include expanded steel mesh embedded in the building’s curve as homage to RAF Bicester’s military past as a camouflage training centre, and a roofline that follows that of the adjacent hangars. Amenities are set to include a top-tier restaurant, bar, courtyard, gym, swimming pool and sauna.
For petrolheads, a four-storey atrium had been conceived to showcase rotating automotive-themed exhibitions and displays. These will incorporate heritage vehicles, modern achievements in engineering and a vision of the future.
Further plans for the hotel grounds include a raised-earth bank complete with Mille Miglia-style start line. This will ensure that Bicester Heritage remains the ideal start point for rallies, by offering luxurious accommodation on the already-popular site.
Situated in the heart of ‘Motorsport Valley’, less than 20 minutes away from Silverstone Circuit and the bases of various Formula 1 teams, the proposed hotel would allow guests to experience local automotive offerings beyond Bicester Heritage’s boundary.
The hotel is the next stage in Bicester Heritage’s vision to become the world’s leading classic car resort, with further plans set to showcase motor lodges and luxury leisure residencies within the 425-acre site.
Designer Dexter Moren explained: ‘Hospitality specialist architect and interior designer Dexter Moren Associates is thrilled to have been selected to design a landmark hotel within a former RAF base, forming part of the Bicester Heritage masterplan vision focusing on motorcars and aeroplanes.’
He continued: ‘The design objective has been to respond in a contemporary manner to the site’s rich and unique story, drawing inspiration from its historic position at the forefront of aviation, engineering and innovation while complementing the existing period buildings.’
Dan Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage, commented 'The unanimous approval by the Planning Authority demonstrates the strength of local government support for our vision. It also reflects the high esteem in which Bicester Heritage is held alongside its national importance to the automotive sector.'
Classic Cars for Sale
Wonderful condition Displaying only 22,247 miles! Rare and desirable Rolls-Royce Phantom Touring Limousine by James Young (Design PV22) The most acclaimed James Young Phantom V design One of only 101 built and one of only 48 assembled with left-hand drive Acquired by Andrew Goodman, of Bergdorf Goodman Luxury Department Store in New York City in 1964 Previously owned by a Pebble
The S1 Continental engine had effectively run its course by 1959 and could not be developed any further. The approximate 160bhp power output was more than sufficient but due to pressures and competition elsewhere Rolls-Royce sought out an improved power unit to deliver more speed whilst retaining the Bentley Continentals refined performance. The answer was a complete move away from the six cylinde
The tremendous success Bentley enjoyed with the R Type Continental continued onto the S Series chassis in late 1955 with a range of new bodies available to collectors. The Park Ward drophead coupe was originally the brain child of legendary coachwork designer John Blatchley who had been involved in the styling of the R Type Continental by H.J. Mulliner. Six R Type Continental chassis were delivere
The decision was taken in 1950 to develop a Bentley motor car capable of producing high maximum speeds ideal for Continental touring on the long straight roads of Europe. The higher speeds were to be coupled with correspondingly high rates of acceleration and excellent handling. In order to achieve these lofty ambitions a tremendous amount of research and testing were conducted using quarter scale